Patent Number: 6,569,196

Title: System for minimally invasive insertion of a bioprosthetic heart valve

Abstract: A system for minimally invasive insertion of a bioprosthetic heart valve.The system includes a collapsible tissue-based valve system, acatheter-based valve delivery system, a surgical platform and a devicetracking and visualization system. The collapsible valve system includes:(i) a permanent outer frame (10) that is affixed to the patient usingconventional sutures or staples, and (ii) a collapsible valve (20) havinga collapsible inner frame (21) that mates with the outer frame (10), andsupports valve leaflets (13). The inner frame (21) is moved to a collapsedposition and located at the previously installed outer frame (10). Theinner frame (21) is then expanded to lock the inner frame (21) to theouter frame (10). The inner frame (21) may be re-collapsed and disengagedfrom the outer frame (10). A new collapsible valve (20) is then installed,to resume the function of the prosthesis.

Inventors: Vesely; Ivan (Cleveland Heights, OH)


International Classification: A61F 2/24 (20060101); A61B 17/28 (20060101); A61F 002/24 (); A61F 002/06 ()

Expiration Date: 05/22015